Resources for Volunteer Management

Looking for some basic volunteer management tips? We created a 101 Basic Guide to help you to get started and run your program.

Volunteer Screening Trends & Best Practices Report 2017 

Volunteer Solutions, who provides meaningful volunteer opportunities to improve the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities in Fairfax County, created a great Volunteer Handbook.


Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle booklet – courtesy of Verified Volunteers. You’ll learn how to: 

  • Better develop and define volunteer positions so both your organization and your volunteers benefit.
  • Get the right people in the right volunteer roles, and set volunteers up for success with proper training and support.
  • Keep volunteers engaged by clearly communicating volunteer impact and outcomes. 

Be sure to become a member of the Norhern Virginia Association of Volunteer Administrator (NVAVA).  NVAVA promotes professionalism of volunteer administration, offers educational opportunities for members and provides a forum for mutual exchange of ideas.  it also provides networking opportunities among members and increase awareness and cooperation among organizations utilizing volunteer.  Learn more and to register your organization.


Organizations

  • DC Bar Pro Bono/CED Project: Lauren Paley, Project Coordinator: 202-737-4700 ext. 3357, lpaley@dcbar.org.  Website: http://www.dcbar.org/ced.  They offer free legal advice and workshops. 

  • Points of Light Institute: hosts National Volunteer Week and a national conference. Website: http://www.pointsoflight.org/

  • Maryland Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism: www.gosv.maryland.gov.   Go here for Maryland volunteer statistics, contacts for volunteer centers, and access to volunteer coordinator networks.

  • Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services: www.mcdvs.org/.  This organization provides resources to Volunteer Coordinators throughout the state, and holds networking activities, trainings, and other useful services.

Books

  • Creating Great Visitor Experiences: A Guide for Museums, Parks, Zoos, Gardens and Libraries by Stephanie Weaver (2007).

  • Volunteer Management Audit, 2003, Susan Ellis, United Way of America, Community Partnerships and Volunteer Initiatives

  • Volunteer Management: Mobilizing all the Resources of the Community, 2nd edition, 2007, Steve McCurley and Rick Lynch, ISBN: 0-911029-45-1

Web Sites

  • Energize, Inc., www.energizeinc.com.  Susan J. Ellis's site, "especially for leaders of volunteers."  Includes a volunteer management bookstore, library, referral network, job bank, monthly essays with responses welcomed, etc.

  • E-Volunteerism, www.e-volunteerism.com.  This “electronic journal of the volunteer community" is edited by Susan J. Ellis and Steve McCurley.  It includes articles, discussion groups, and other information on volunteer management.  

  • Service Leader’s Virtual Volunteering Project, www.serviceleader.org/virtual. The Virtual Volunteering Project provides resources for two kinds of volunteer services: Technical Assistance, which includes online research or providing a particular expertise to the agency; and Direct Contact, which connects the volunteer and client via email, chat room, or other media.

  • Volunteer Today , www.volunteertoday.com.  Managed by volunteerism consultant Nancy Macduff, this site is an electronic gazette for volunteerism.  Particularly helpful is the current news in the field and a calendar of events.